Park Points of Pride July 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Colleges of DistinctionPark University merits fifth straight Colleges of Distinction honor

For the fifth consecutive year, Park University has been selected as one of less than 330 colleges and universities across the country to the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction list. Park is one of just nine colleges/universities based in Missouri to earn the honor this year and one of only six in the Kansas City region to be recognized. The designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Park University was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked; instead, they are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

“This accolade from Colleges of Distinction underscores the University’s commitment to its students to help them achieve their academic goals by providing education without boundaries,” said Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., Park University interim president. “Providing convenient access to a private, quality educational experience that offers value and has a nationally recognized proven return on investment for its graduates is core to Park’s mission to prepare a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.”

1 Million CupsPark University garners spotlight at 1 Million Cups event

Park University received plaudits and lit up the Twitter wall at the 1 Million Cups program held July 8 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. That day, the University and its Alumni Association kicked off a monthly alumni meet-up at this and other 1 Million Cups events across the country and online. 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Program organizers publicly acknowledged Park's new monthly offering and encouraged alumni, students and employees to attend future events. Park representatives tweeted throughout the Kansas City program, generating dozens of retweets and several post-program conversations.

"Park alumni have told us that they want access to more career programming,” said Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for alumni and constituent relations. “By connecting with the popular 1 Million Cups series, we can provide alumni new opportunities to network with one another as well as with other individuals from a variety of industries. We also believe that Park students, faculty and staff across the country and worldwide can benefit from this opportunity. We hope to see an even stronger Park turnout at the next event on Wednesday, Aug. 12.” For a listing of upcoming 1 Million Cups events, visit


SuperScholar, an independent college search and rankings website, has published a Smart Choice ranking of the 50 best online bachelor’s degree programs in early childhood education, and Park University’s School of Education has made the list at No. 26. Schools were evaluated and ranked based on publicly available information on accreditation, market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility, accessibility, and affordability. The School of Education was cited for its online Bachelor of Science in Education Studies programs — Early Childhood Education and Leadership, and Early Childhood Education Teaching Young Children program.